natural partying! I mean, parenting…

Just because it sounded like fun…  & because I am home alone for a week…  & because I want to be cool like my friend Gen over at Uniquely Normal Mom… :o)
I decided to join the “natural parenting” blog party hosted by The Peaceful Housewife!
To start things off, there are some get-to-know-you questions.  I answered them below…

(and am about to go read everyone else’s… as soon as I get my rambunctious 2 year old who JUST learned how to climb out of his crib :o( to stay in bed for the night!)  Tips and advice welcome!!!!!  :o)

Ok, here we go:

1.  How many children do you have, and how old are they?

I have three boys!!!  A 9 year old, a 2 year old, and a 4 month old.  :o)
2.  Do you have a partner, or are you a single parent?
I have been married to my husband Andrew for 4 years.  Our 9 year old is technically ‘his’, but whatever
3.  What are your “hot button” parenting issues?
Sleep-training and un-informed circumcision really get me going, for sure!  I just wish everyone would hear and really try to understand the truth behind these practices before making such permanent life-altering decisions!
(That said, if you really make an effort to hear both sides before making your decision, I can respect your decision as parents…  it’s the ignorance – chosen or innocent – that really gets me!)
4.  Have you made any parenting choices that you didn’t think you would make before you were a parent, i.e. cloth diapering a child when you had previously thought it was disgusting?
Ummm…  yeah.  I was never going to be one of those ‘cloth-diapering’ parents!  :o)  haha.  Now I’m addicted and would rather shop for fluff than just about anything else!
5.  Is there one book or person in particular that’s heavily influenced your parenting choices?
I guess I would say Ina May’s books have been very influential in my life…  I just love her!!  
If I had to pick one specific thing though, it would be the movie The Business of Being Born (I know it’s not a book, but same difference!).  That’s what really pushed me over the edge into a home-birthing, natural mama!
6.  If you had to describe each of your children using only one word, what word would you use?
Oh this one is tough.  I hate labeling my kids, but for the sake of novelty I will try…  
Navy (9) = teenager.  Bjørn (2) = stubborn.  Haakon (4m) = smiley!
7.  Is there one parenting decision that you regret more than others and wish you could change?
Every single day I regret having my firstborn circumcised.  I was completely ignorant (maybe because I was afraid to be anything otherwise?) and that ignorance is not something I can take back, as much as I wish I could.  :o(
8.  Is there an area of your parenting you wish you were better at?
Oh I completely wish I had more patience!  :o(  I was telling a friend the other day…  I’m pretty sure I almost never swore before I had a toddler.  He sure knows how to push my buttons!!  (Needless to say, I’m pretty much terrified for when he’s a teenager!)  :o)
9.  Now for the fun questions – is there one particular food or type of food that you could eat every day?
mmm…  bread for sure!  I could live on bread!  (with butter and cheese, of course!)  :o)
10.  Vanilla ice cream or chocolate?
Breyer’s Vanilla Fudge Twirl (best of both worlds!)
11.  What’s your guilty pleasure?
fresh bread.  I have been known to eat a whole loaf myself!!  
(Seriously…  a few months ago, my husband was home when I brought groceries in – including a loaf of fresh french bread – and he said “that’s how big those loaves are?!  I thought they were way smaller than that!”)  :o)
12.  If you could be part of any television show, which show would it be?
Glee!!  (I just got done watching Season 1 on Netflix!)  Wouldn’t that be just so much fun???
or The Pioneer Woman‘s new show on the Food Network…  I’m almost tempted to get TV again for that one.  I just love her!!  :o)
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